The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List
85. Woodeye, "The Fray"
Few outside Fort Worth heard this cow-punk quartet, which contributed a guitarist and drummer to Hayes Carll's band. Frontman Carey Wolff's songs have been known to reduce strong men to public tears, rendering the seamy side of romance with a novelist's eye for resonant detail. - Ken Shimamoto
84. Meat Loaf, "I Would Do Anything For Love"
There were three very important cassette tapes in my collection when I was a kid: Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"; Garth Brooks, In Pieces; and Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II. When my parents were out, I used to jam the tape in the player, wheel the volume to crackling levels and absolutely lose it. We're talking leg-kicking with untied tennis shoes, fist-to-sky rock dancing. - Nick Rallo
83. The Telefones, "Rocket Rocket"
Brothers Jerry and Chris Dirkx were the leaders of The Telefones, and "Rocket Rocket" came off the Dallas group's 1980 debut, Vibration Change. Another important track from that album was "The Ballad of Jerry Godzilla," but "Rocket Rocket" was the song that always kept me coming back to the album and the band. - Darryl Smyers
82. The Hugh Beaumont Experience, "Eric's on Thorazine"
Way back in 1980 in Fort Worth, Brad Stiles and some other disaffected teens (including future Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey) were making an awful punk rock racket under the banner of the Hugh Beaumont Experience. Supposedly written about Dead Kennedys frontman Eric Reed Boucher (aka Jello Biafra), "Eric's on Thorazine" was just one of the many wonderful gems found on Virgin Killers, a belated full-length released in 1993. - Darryl Smyers
81. Kashmere Stage Band, "Do You Dig It, Man"
Kashmere Stage Band
Conrad O. Johnson's band of students from Houston's Kashmere High School had several iterations, but his soulful arrangements never strayed from the Otis Redding sound that inspired him, and continues to inspire hip-hop producers and DJs. For more on their tale and Johnson's inspiring story, see Kashmere's reunion documentary, Texas Thunder Soul, narrated by another Texas son, Jamie Foxx. - Deb Doing Dallas
80. Butthole Surfers, "Sweat Loaf"
Only The Butthole Surfers could rip off Black Sabbath and somehow make it sound better. - Audra Schroeder